Sweet Date Outfits

Valentine’s day is just five short days away already, how did that happen? I think I have been saying that for just about every holiday so far. It has been a whirlwind of a year. The BF and I are going quite fancy this V-day, and I’m pretty excited! We are seeing Chris Thile –> ( http://tinyurl.com/kqgs4xe  ) play at a symphony hall and then most likely going to find a swanky place to get some drinks. Luckily for us the concert is Tuesday the 18th, so we won’t be fighting with the a) Friday crowd or the b) crazed Valentine’s day crowd on the 14th.  Here are some sweet little Valentine’s day outfits floating around my Pinterest boards that I think would work no matter what your plans.

If you’re making it a girls night out, I think a chunky sweater (I mean, it is still February) and heeled booties is the way to go.

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If you’re meeting up with a new potential Valentine at a casual bar a moto jacket, sweet dress, & tights to keep your legs from freezing over is a nice option. Flat booties are great for exploring around town and showing off your fave spots together.

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If you’re meeting a new potential Valentine at a bit more upscale location I love this minimal look. It’s sleek and sexy, but could still work for many different venues if you’re in for a surprise date.

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This look particularly inspired me for the event I’m going to with my boyfriend. I want to be a tad more dressed up than a typical concert outfit because it is going to be at a symphony hall.. but the leather jacket & messy topknot don’t make it look too fussy.

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Hope you all have a chocolate filled day accompanied by cheesy love notes and mysterious flower bouquets from secret admirers. ;)

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the above images, all are linked via my Pinterest board. Link at top right page.

Work vs. Play

I’ve got a work vs. play look here again.. I feel like this might become routine. Both tops I’m wearing in this post were recent Target finds. My love for Target is never-failing. I ended up getting about four tops and a pair of yoga pants (because.. yoga pants, duh) all from the clearance rack! The new merchandise on the floor consisted of bikinis, cover ups, and shorts – and it’s been about eight degrees over here so that was not too appealing. They had a massive clearance section though so I spent waaay too much time scanning through it all, naturally.

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(Sneaky work outfit selfies!) This top is actually really nice quality & I would have bought it full price at $29, but I was definitely happy to find it at $12.50. It’s sleeveless and is a pretty blush color with black color blocking on the sides.

 

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Also got my hair did finally! I feel so much better not hauling around so much dead weight anymore.

Work Outfit | Top – Target (clearance), Cardigan – Kohls, Skirt – Forever 21, Sweater Tights – Target

Play Outfit | Sweater – Target (clearance), Jeans – American Eagle, Shoes – Minnetonka Moccasins

Let’s Talk About Coffee

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Can we also talk about how I unintentionally turned this photo of my coffee into a Marc Jaobs ad? Nailed it. 

I’m not even going to try to hide it – I’m a little obsessed. Coffee flavored anything is my weakness, I can’t even begin to think about getting my day started without chugging down some, and a good portion of my Christmas gifts this year from friends and family had to do with coffee in some form. Hey, it could be worse! At least it’s not meth, am I right?!

This fall I decided it would be a good investment to buy a Keurig coffee brewer since I would no longer be living in my tiny one-person apartment with my tiny one-person coffee pot. I bought the K10 Special Edition and it has worked out rather nicely. There are much more techy/expensive versions, but I figured the K10 would do the deed.

So far I’ve been loving it! I wanted to share my favorite K-cup flavors and get some recommendations from you guys as well.

K-Cup Flavors to Try 

 

  1. Chai Latte by Cafe Escapes | I’m not that much of a chai – or even tea – fan, but this one is subtle enough to enjoy at any time.
  2. Newman’s Special Blend Medium Roast Extra Bold by Newman’s Own | A good wake-me-up coffee for when I have to be up at un-Godly hours of the morning.
  3. Gevalia Colombia Medium Roast Coffee | Another standby wake-me-up coffee.
  4. Pumpkin Spice Light Roast  by Green Mountain Coffee | I got this flavor in the Fall when pumpkin everything is equal to gold and I didn’t feel like paying $35.50 everyday for a Grande pumpkin spice latte from you know where.
  5. Starbucks Blonde Roast | This was one of the first K-cups I tried because I loved getting the ground Blonde roast for my regular coffee pot, but I will say it tastes a little different through the Keurig and I had to get used to it for awhile.
  6. Hot Chocolate: I’ve tried Swiss Miss and the Cafe Escapes K-cups and Cafe Escapes by far wins in this category. The Swiss Miss version tastes no different than the standard packs you microwave on your own, but the Cafe Escapes has a rich, real chocolate flavor that I was expecting from the Keurig Swiss Miss version.

 

Sidenote – I actually haven’t tried the Caribou coffee pictured above yet since I picked it up the other day, but I will inform if I explode with pleasure afterwards.

 

A Tip on Buying K-cup Packs:

 

I only buy K-cup packs at Kohl’s because they are usually on some sort of sale (this weekend they were BOGO 1/2 Off), and I can use a coupon toward them. Plus, they sell 18-packs whereas grocery stores usually don’t sell that high of quantity and I can never find coupons for them!

 

 

Work vs. Play

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Sometimes (all the time) I wish I could wear whatever I felt like wearing to work.  I’m not talking like ‘pajamas and ratty T-shirt’ wear anything, but just  based on whatever my style mood was of the day. Style mood is a thing.. it is reflected upon the weather, current musical interests, etc. Both above outfits were worn the past week when it was particularly rainy and nasty out, and sometimes all you feel like wearing in that sort of weather is a cuddly sweater, perfectly fitted pants, and some wedge booties to protect your toes from puddles.

Work Outfit: Striped sweater and pants from New York & Company | Play Outfit: Sweater and wedge booties from Target, maroon pants from Forever 21

2014 Golden Globes

Kind of been neglecting this here blog… but what better way to jump into the new year than with some couture?

Award season is always fun because it’s a chance to see some of the most beautiful pieces created by some of the best designers basically in the flesh and “in action” on the red carpet by the celebs. There are always actresses who I know are going to absolutely hit it out of the park, but then there are the few that continually surprise. In both good and not so good ways.

Let’s review shall we…

The Chic…

Kate Beckinsale | Zuhair Murad

Beckinsale cannot go wrong. Have you ever seen her go wrong? Didn’t think so.

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Leslie Mann | Dolce & Gabbana

I just think the lace-ish applique neckline and peplum skirt are the sweetest thing on Mann. She’s dainty and pretty and not overpowered by her attire.

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Maria Menounos | Max Azria Atelier

This was probably the only look of the night that actually made me stop and say WOW - out loud. Seriously beautiful color and shape.  The makeup and hair doesn’t take away from anything, but actually accentuates the dress and her face. Gorge.

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Jennifer Lawrence | Dior

What is with all this hatin’ on Jennifer’s Dior number? I thought this look was beautiful and seamless for the (winning) actress. Not to mention the bold makeup that totally worked in her favor.

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Reese Witherspoon | Calvin Klein

Something about the simplicity of this full look made me love it on Reese. I don’t know if anyone else could have pulled it off, but on her it looks effortless. Kind of like.. “Oh hey, y’all! Just put on this old thing and threw on some mascara for the Globes!”  But it works. Definitely works.

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The Interesting…

Emma Watson | Dior

I feel like this picture kind of speaks for itself. She’s all “Le sigh, yes I know. I’m wearing pants. At the Golden Globes. My bad.”

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Lizzy Caplan | Emilo Pucci

Color-blocking can be very favorable to the body. The whole ‘trim four inches off my waist by sculpting an opposing shade to the sides of my dress’ thing can work wonders. However, in this case it just makes her look a tiny sliver of a person with a robots giant artificially attached arms.. no?

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Zooey Deschanel | Oscar de la Renta

I love Zooey and all her quirky, sweet, and sassy ways! Buuut.. I’ve got to be honest and say there is a whooole lot going on here. I don’t hate the shoes, but would’ve preferred something open toe. The hair is another topic. Stick a paper flower in your side bun and call it a day is a little Sophomore year bored in math class style of hair-do.

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Mila Kunis | Gucci

Mila, why so angry? Is your ruffled neckline strangling you?! Ponytail a little too tight?! Loosen up lady!

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That’s a wrap for now! Until the next carpet…

Holidaze

I am really not meaning to sound like a Grinch here, but this holiday season has been a little more frustrating than most. I did myself a favor by picking up some gifts here and there early on so I don’t have to scramble at the last minute, but I still have a few important pieces to get along the way. The major source of stress is from work, naturally, and not finding the time to actually go out and get said gifts or being able to enjoy all the special holiday activities… and when I do have time I somehow find myself on the couch with hot cocoa and Netflix… whoooops. With all that being said I am still hopeful I’ll get a few days squeezed into December to do all the sparkly, cozy, festive, fun-filled Holiday traditions!

Here is the way I styled the plaid jacket I found at Target I had mentioned in the previous post.

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Don’t ask me why I hardly ever have shoes on in these posts. I do not have an answer for you, other than by the time I walk out the door I can assure you I have found a pair.